Cali Fabrics Chambray Week

This week on the Cali Fabrics blog it is Chambray Week! We are celebrating every day with a different blogger posting their chambray makes.  Today is my day to share.  I made two garments with a third that is not yet finished.  First up is McCall’s 7539 view C.

 

My second make is the Simplicity 8014 shirt dress pattern.  I opted not to put buttons on it and wear it as a jacket instead.  I am so in love with this version.  I feel super chic in this outfit.

Check out the Cali Blog for more about each of these projects.

Also, my photos turned out so much better now that I fixed the settings on my camera!  Now I need to go back and re-photograph my Stella Sweater.

 

Breaking Ground Tour: Made For Mermaids

Hey, Sewists!  Have you been following along with the rest of the Breaking Ground Blog Tour this week?  There are a lot of great makes out there.  I am back with a second new make this week.  I saw someone post their version of this pattern on Facebook and I knew I had to have it!  It is the Mama Stella Sweater from Made for Mermaids.  This company has been on my radar for a bit but my dislike of PDF patterns stopped me every time I thought about getting one.  Funny thing, this year is my year of PDF patterns.  Of the 11 garments, I have made so far this year, only 1 has been from the Big 4.  The rest have been PDF’s from indie pattern companies.

The Stella features a front scoop neckline with three different back views.  There is also an off the shoulder view.  I chose to make view B, which features the deep V back with shoulder band. Look at that deep V.  It is just so delicious!

I have to say, I am pretty pleased with Made for Mermaids patterns.   They do not use numbered sizes instead, each size is labeled with a color.  I think this is an interesting way to reinforce the idea that ‘you are more than a number on a tag’.  I like it and applaud them for it.  My biggest complaint about the sizing is that there is not a finished measurement chart anywhere.   The patterns are also drafted for a 5’5″ woman and I am 5’8″, so as is this top is too short.  The great thing is Made for Mermaids has already thought of this and included an easy mathematical formula to adjust for your personal height.  My only other complaint is that the pieces for the neckband, waistband, back strap, and cuffs do not have physical pattern pieces.  They have a chart for what measurements to cut them to, which works because they are just rectangles, but I still prefer physical pattern pieces.  Physical pieces take a lot of the room for cutting error off the table.

The sweater did sew up nice and easy with my fabric choice. I used 2 yards of this Peach and Cream Floral Hacci Sweater Knit.  I picked it up from one of the last few Girl Charlee Knitfix bundles in 2016.  I miss Knitfix so much!  I actually haven’t shopped Girl Charlee since they stopped doing Knitfix. So sad, I  got some great prints in those bundles.

I was so blindly in love with this top that I didn’t even think about what to wear under it.  Luckily for this version I have a coral tank that coordinates well with the colors in the roses.  However,  the pattern instructions feature other versions with the Made for Mermaids Bridgette Bralette underneath and now I NEED to make that pattern.  That one is next up on my patterns to purchase list, so I can make more of this deep V view and the open keyhole back view as well.  I am already trying to figure out which fabrics to use next and what other interesting banding I can do with that deep V.  Next I am thinking of doing several criss crossing straps down the V to give it a corset inspired look.

On a sidenote, being your own photographer is hard.  Somehow I had my camera settings on manual focus so it would not do anything when I set my lense to auto-focus.  I fixed it for next time, but it is too late to retake my photos now. Grrr…

Have you tried Made for Mermaids yet? Which of their patterns have you made?

While you are at it check out the other stitchers on the Breaking Ground Blog Tour and what pattern companies they are trying out this week. The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist

Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style

Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura

Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille’s Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media.

Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you’ll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.

Breaking Ground Tour: Straight Stitch Designs

 

Welcome to my little corner of the sewing universe.  I am excited to be a part of the Breaking Ground Blog Tour for the second year in a row. This year, I chose to try Straight Stitch Designs.  I saw the Leschi top and thought it would help fill a hole in my closet. Kimberly, the mastermind behind Straight Stitch Designs, describes the Leschi top as ‘polished meets casual’.  I would agree with that description although, I am definitely getting some kimono vibes from it with its overlapping stand collar and the roomy straight sleeves with cuff.

Let’s start with the pros of the pattern:

  • Straight Stitch Designs uses layering in their PDF patterns, meaning you can select only the size you want to print instead of the entire graded nest.  This is a huge selling point for me with PDF patterns these days. It means using less ink and it makes it easier on the eyes when cutting.
  • The pattern instructions are well written and easy to follow, making it great for beginner sewists.
  • Minimal pattern pieces make for easy pattern construction. There are six different pattern pieces. Nine total pieces if you include cutting 2 of each the cuff and sleeve and 1 interfacing piece for the neckband. Not too bad.

Now for the cons:

  • It is a bit short for my personal preference.  When I paper fit the pieces, I thought it seemed like it was a good length.  After finishing it though, I feel like I need to add 4-5″ in length.  It hits just below the belt loops of my jeans right now and if I raise my arms my stomach hangs out.
  • The fit of the shoulders is a bit awkward.  The shoulder seam actually falls to the front of the shoulder to show off the gathering. I kept having to pull the top down in the front to make the seam hit in the right spot.  The armscye is also about an 1″ too long on the shoulder and looking at the finished pics in the instructions it hangs off the shoulder in her versions as well.  This lends to the casualness of the top, but I would still prefer it to hit right at the break of my shoulder.

All in all, I am okay with this top.   I am not sure it will make it into my end of year Top 5 makes though.  I kinda want to make another version in a size bigger.  Based on my measurements I would fit into a size 20, but based on the finished garment measurements I chose to make a size 18 graded to a 20 in the waist and hips.  While I have plenty ease of movement now, I would like just a smidge more in the bust.

I did like that the collar had interfacing in half of it to give it some structure. However, I was disappointed that it was not in the cuff.  Next time I will add it to the cuff as well.  I will also add a back yoke lining to help support the back gathers.

Speaking of the other materials I used, I should probably talk about my fabric choice. This fabric came from Girl Charlee and it is a cotton lawn that I picked up in November of 2016 during their Black Friday sale.  I ended up getting it for $2.50 a yard and I used 2 yards for this top.  I loved the worn paisley print in the orange and navy when I saw it.  Since it is a cotton lawn it is super lightweight making it great for spring and summer.  I will have to wear a tank top underneath of it though due to it being pretty sheer in person.  You really can’t tell from these picks just how thin the fabric is though.

I think if I make this style again I am going to use my personally drafted block and pattern out my own version with a few changes.  I want to change that shoulder seam, pictured above, to sit on the top of the shoulder.  I also want to add the extra length and a little more fullness to the side seams.  I like the high low hem but I want to change the curve at the side seams.  Currently, the pattern creates a sharp angle when you join the front to the back, making it hard to hem.  You can’t see it in the photos I took and I should have taken a photo during construction to illustrate what I am trying to describe.  I also want to re-draft the sleeve cap.  It is a bit too pointy for my pattern drafting eye and I feel like it needs to be a bit more rounded and full.  I also want to add some other design details like a breast pocket and sleeve tabs.  Maybe I will work on that later this month.

Have you tried Straight Stitch Designs yet?  She has a couple of other patterns that I am tempted to try, but I want to know what you all think of them first.

While you are at it check out the other stitchers on the Breaking Ground Blog Tour and what pattern companies they are trying out this week. The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist

Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style

Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura

Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille’s Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media.

Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you’ll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.

Hello…

Hey Sewists. Long time no see.  I inadvertently took quite the break from my blog.  I have been busy and this was the easiest thing to temporarily give up to maintain my sanity.  I am pretty excited to share some of the things I have been up too over the last 4 months.  These are going to be some quick mini-reviews.

First up, I have been doing some pattern testing for few different indie pattern designers. By far, Bella Sunshine Designs is my favorite designer to test for.  Her patterns are well thought out and easy to sew up.  Melissa and her team run a great pattern testing process.  At the end of 2017, I sewed up these Sansa Flare pants.  They are super fun. For my final version, I used some gray space dyed activewear knit.  Then back in February of this year, I helped test the Eden Legging which fits the same as these flares from the knee up.  I, unfortunately, do not have pics of them.  I haven’t wanted to take pics of any of my makes this winter.  I promise I will share them some other time.

This one isn’t a  pattern test, but I was able to help Bella Sunshine Designs with some new updated marketing photos.  This is the Maggie Top.  It is the perfect basic tee!  Perfect!!  It is quick and easy to stitch up and I plan on making a lot of these.  I just need to find the perfect weight of cotton/spandex knit.  For this version I used a pink space dye activewear.  I made it to go with my Eden legging and Sansa flares to workout in.

Of course, I have also been sewing and blogging for  Cali Fabrics still.  This is my version of Simplicity 1317.  I got a yard of sequin fabric that I have been using as accents on a few pieces.  I am loving these sequins.  Check out my post on the Cali blog where I talk about how I altered this pattern to create this look.

My other sequin make for the Cali blog, is this version of McCall’s 7351. It is a shirt dress pattern that I hacked to be a tunic with a high low hem.  I still have some sequin left that I will be using down the road.  I also have 2 more tops stitched up for the Cali blog that I have yet to photo, so I can’t share those just yet.  I am hoping to get them photographed this week so they can be shared soon.

Other than that, I have signed up to be a part of some blog tours.  Expect those posts later this week.  I am also hosting a couple of Sunday Lately posts later this year.

The thing I am most excited for though, is that I have been drafting patterns!  Eric has been working on building me a website and I have been working on all the content for the site and patterns that I will be releasing.  I am hoping by the end of this year to have released my first pattern.  I am still quite a ways away, but it is becoming more of a reality.  My current dilemma is whether I should start with just PDF patterns and build up to having paper patterns or start with paper and PDF from the beginning.  What are your thoughts? Which do you prefer to sew?

Thankful Sewing Blog Tour

Hey sewists!  It is almost that time of year where I get to go Christmas crazy.  Before I can do that I need to slow it down a bit and remember to be thankful.  I was pretty excited to join in on the Thankful Sewing Blog Tour to do just that.  Each day this month a blog will share a thankful post.  Today is my turn.  There are so many things I am thankful for in regards to sewing which makes it hard to narrow the focus of this post.  With that, I thought a top 3 list was in order.

1) I am thankful for the friends and community that sewing has provided. I mean, for real, do you realize how awesome our community is?!  This is one of the most supportive groups.  From the Facebook groups to Instagram to Blogs, there is a wealth of information and a group of people who are so willing to share and learn from each other.  It goes beyond just sewing too.  I have seen several Facebook posts asking about culture-related fashions without the conversation being hurtful.  Just a bunch of sewists genuinely wanting to learn and accept one another.

2) I am thankful for the opportunities sewing has provided.  I am thankful that I have been able to work in the garment industry as a technical designer as well as a seamstress.  That time has taught me about myself and what kind of designer I want to be.  I have also picked up and improved my sewing a lot.  I am also thankful for the opportunity to be a pattern tester for several different indie designers.  This has taught me a lot about writing home sewing patterns that are good for all skill levels.

3) And finally, I am thankful that I can have a dedicated sewing space.  Granted, my husband is more inclined to believe that space is a necessity so that he doesn’t end up stepping on straight pins in the living room, but I am still grateful that we can provide that space for me.  Not everyone has that.

Those are my top 3 things I am thankful for that sewing has provided.  What are you sew thankful for?

Intro to the tour

November 1st:

mahlicadesigns

Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2ndCandace Ayala

Nov 3rdHazelnut Handmade

Nov 4thMusing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6thmahlicadesigns

Nov 7thSeams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8thMargarita on the Ross

Nov 9thStitched by Jennie

Nov 10thSewing with D

Monday Nov 13th5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14thTales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15thHazelnut Handmade

Nov 16thOctaves of Color

Nov 17thKainara Stitches

Nov 18thKutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20thMy Heart will Sew On

Nov 21stNeedles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22ndBack 40 Life

Nov 23rdLovemade Handmade

Nov 24thSewing by Ti

Nov 25thOn Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26thPaisley Roots

Monday Nov 27thMermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28thSew Haute Blog

Nov 29thMa Moose Handmade

Nov 30thEverything Your Mama Made & More

Sew Americana Blog Tour 2017

Happy 4th of July!  I know it is a few days early but we are celebrating here as part of the Sew Americana Blog Tour.  I am so excited to be a part of this tour again this year.  I love celebrating the 4th with friends and family, grilling, and of course fireworks.  With our big move this year, I knew I wanted to make something quick and easy.  Originally I have an oversized red and white gingham print in mind that would make a great loose fitting dress knee length sleeveless dress with a curved hem and epaulets at the shoulders.  Alas, I could not find the fabric I wanted and didn’t have the time or space to draft the dress I envisioned.

I went fabric shopping at Jo-Ann’s and discovered this red, white, navy, and gray striped fabric. Perfect for celebrating the Fourth. It is a delicate lightweight woven with a bit of a boho feel.  I knew immediately that this was going to be my fabric for this years 4th of July project.  My first idea was to use this fabric to make up a new version of my own self-drafted kimono cardigan.

For this version, I added 6″ in length.  After trying it on I decided to shorten it back up 2″. In the end, I used 2.5 yards of the stripe fabric for this garment. To give it even more of a festival-ready vibe, I added 4 yards of white pompom trim along the sleeve edges and hem.  I really think the pompoms finish off the look nicely.

Check out that stripe matching on the sideseams!  It wasn’t too hard to match these stripes since they are so big. It did result in why I used more fabric that I normally would have for this kimono though. Overall, I really like this piece.  I think I am going to enjoy wearing it to watch fireworks.  What are you wearing to celebrate the Fourth?

Oh and here is one last picture from my photoshoot. My dog, Emily, decided to come up and sniff my pinwheel while I was shooting.  There were several pics of her but she can’t sit still long enough to take a completely in focus picture with me. Maybe next time.

Check out some of the other amazing makes from this year!
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T


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Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co.

Bella Sunshine Designs – Amelia Maxi Dress

Hey, sewists!  Are you on the hunt for a new summer maxi pattern?  I have a great one to share with you today!  I was lucky enough to pattern test for Bella Sunshine Designs again!  This round of testing was for the new Amelia Maxi Dress.  I was able to help test the bodice fit and provide solutions before the final test version went out to testers.  Since I enjoy pattern design it was a lot of fun to help out at this stage of development.  Pattern testing is not for everyone, but I like the process helping to fine tune the pattern and the instructions.  I made three different versions of the bodice during testing, which is why I say this process isn’t for everyone.  Those test bodices did use up 2.25 yards of random pieces of stash fabric from previous projects, so I will call that a win for me.

The Amelia pattern has a front wrap bodice with a deep V back neck and gathered front and back waistband.  Like the Sahara, with the deep scoop back, I love this deep V back neckline! For the bodice and waistband I made a size 16 and for the skirt I cut a size 24.  The skirt is gathered, so making a different size than the bodice meant I just had more gathers.  More gathers makes it fuller and a bit more flattering over my stomach.

I wanted to highlight the gathered belt on the bodice, so I used a sequin sample that has been in my stash for ages as a contrast. I didn’t have enough of the sample to cut it on the fold, so I ended up making a seam down the center front of it.  I underlined the sequin fabric since it has a mesh backing and I didn’t want my center front seam to be visible.  The seam also gave me an opportunity to stitch down my gathers in the front.  

Also, can we just take a minute to talk about the fabric I used?  The fabric is a rayon jersey knit with a navy and white sea life print.  This print!  I love it!  It has sea horses, shrimp, starfish, shells, and kelp!  I picked up 3 yards earlier this month at Jo-Ann’s for $19.47 and I used all 3 yards for this dress.  I also used 3/4 of a yard of an off white mystery knit that I got back in 2013 from a Fabric Mart mystery bundle.

That off white mystery knit was used for the bodice lining.  That is the great thing about the BSD patterns, all the bodices have linings to eliminate topstitching.  The lining also helps give a bit more stability to the bodice when using a 4-way stretch fabric like rayon jersey.

This pattern calls for using clear elastic at the waist to help support the weight of the skirt.  Instead of the clear elastic, I used white foldover elastic.  The sequin fabric I picked could not be run through my serger without breaking several needles. In fact just slowly straight stitching the gathers down I broke 2 needles.  I chose to encase the bottom edge of the waistband in elastic with a  zig zag stitch the finish it off.

Overall, I am pretty pleased with how this dress turned out.  I do enjoy the drapey quality of rayon jersey and the full gathered skirt of the Amelia really shows that off.  As for the pattern, just like the BSD Sahara, the fit is perfect.  The only alteration I had to make was shortening the length of the skirt by 4″.  Which was not a bad alteration since the pattern pieces have a lengthen/shorten line for a quick and easy process.

 

**I am an affiliate for Bella Sunshine Designs and do receive a small commission for each pattern purchased through the link in this post.  With that being said, I would not be an affiliate if I did not truly believe in the company behind the pattern. 

Who Made it Best?

Welcome to this round of Who Made it Best!  Today, I am taking on Melissa of Mahlicadesigns in a battle.  So, what is this Who Made it Best all about?  I am a bit obsessed with Food Network, so forgive me for my random references.  Have you ever seen Throwdown with Bobby Flay?  He takes on a chef making his version of their signature dish. Both are then judged and a winner declared.  Well,  Melissa and I agreed to our own sewing version of Throwdown. We used the new updated Sorbetto pattern by Collete as our base and put our own spin on it.

For my version, I knew I wanted a blouse that I could wear casually with jeans and also be suitable to wear to work with a skirt and cardigan.  I started with the sleeved view 3 Sorbetto and then I sat on it not doing anything for two weeks because I could not settle on where I wanted to go with it.  Story of my procrastinator life!  I had a lot of ideas of where I could take the Sorbetto. Most of those ideas meant using fabrics that were packed away in some box and I was for sure not going to start unpacking those boxes before our move.  Of course, every fabric hoarders solution to this would be to go to the fabric store and that is just what I did.

 

I spent about an hour walking through and touching every fabric to come up with a plan.  In the end, I picked up 2 yards of this navy blue crepe because it was a good blouse weight and had a rich blue color.  Then I picked out contrasting trim and buttons that I thought added visual interest.  Originally, I was going to leave the center front box pleat as the pattern intended it and I was going to add the trim to each side of that pleat with the three buttons at the neckline.  I went a different direction because it reminded me too much of a version of the Grainline Scout tee I had made a few years ago.

Instead, I inverted the box pleat and stitched it from the top of the neckline 6″ down letting it fall open from that point to the hem.  I still kept the buttons at the neckline to tie into the black trim at the sleeves and not leave the front so bare.

I traced off the sleeve that was drafted for the Sorbetto and then redrafted it to turn it into a tulip sleeve.  I added the trim that I had to finish off the hems of the sleeves and highlight the sleeve shape.  Once we finish with this move and I can find my French curve ruler again, I am going to write a post about how I drafted the tulip sleeve.  It isn’t too hard but I would like to be able to write how to do it without saying I freehand drew it, which is what I did for this version.  On a side note, this is totally a home decor trim. Don’t discount something just because it is not labeled as apparel specific.

Once I had it all sewn together I tried it on for fit.  Woah!  It was massive! I ended up taking it in at side seams and center front.  I tapered it from 1/2″ at the underarm down to 4″ at the waist to hem for each side seam.  I took a total of 8″ out of the waist and  I easily could have taken another 2-3″ out.  For the center front, I took in the box pleat and additional 1.5″. The neckline was too wide open and caused it to slip off my shoulders when I had it stitched as the pattern indicated.

Allie wrote a great blog post comparing the new Sorbetto pattern to the old.  I recommend checking it out before stitching up this pattern since it does run very large now.

In the end, I am pleased with how this top turned out.  It took quite a few fit alterations in the end but I would definitely make this again.  I will have to redraft the pattern to eliminate the fit alterations I did.  I am also going to move the dart position up about 1/2″ too.  It is just a bit too low to hit my bust in the right spot.  Allie pointed this out in her post as well.  I do have the original Sorbetto pattern too so I may sew up that version to do a comparison like Allie did.

Please visit Mahlicadesigns for more pictures and details on Melissa’s version, then place your vote for Who Made It Best.  The poll will be on both sites, so you can see both versions before you choose your favorite.

VOTE HERE

May the Fourth be with you

Happy May the 4th to all my fellow Star Wars sewing nerds!  I think today is such a fun day to show off my geeky sewing side.   I was so excited when I found this Star Wars knit at Jo-Ann’s back in March.  For the longest time, sewists options have been limited to woven cotton fabrics printed with our favorite characters and fandoms.  I enjoy sewing woven fun geeky dresses but a geeky knit dress…that is game changing!  What’s even better is the print features Princess Leia, R2D2, and Ewoks!  I am also excited that I am hosting the Stashbusting Sewalong this month with the theme of sewing inspired by movies/TV/novels.  How fitting that this theme was picked for May!  Ha, I love it!

 

This is my second version of the recently release Bella Sunshine Designs – Sahara Dress.  I still believe it is a really fantastic pattern.  For this version, I did choose to make the lower neckline version, which is only an inch lower.  That one inch is not a big deal, but it does allow for some other necklace options.  I am on the hunt for a big chunky costume piece necklace now.

The only change I made to the pattern was in how I cut the skirt.  The pattern features a full circle skirt with no seams.  I chose to make it a full circle with side seams because of the print.  If I had left it as intended the print would have been upside down in the back and right side up in the front.  That is not really the look I was going for, so side seams it was and it worked really well.  I placed the pattern piece on the fold and added 3/8″ to the side seam for seam allowance.

 

One of my favorite features of this pattern is that back neckline scoop.  Gosh, it is just a good flattering back neckline.  It is a little bit more revealing than a standard higher back without actually being immodest and showing my bra.  I also love that the bodice is fully lined, making it so you have a clean finish.  I did choose to topstitch the neckline because, personally, I like that finishing detail but it is not necessary.  I think that the lining also helps give the bodice a bit more tummy sucking in shaping too and who doesn’t want that?!

I am considering this fabric stash fabric, even though I recently bought it in March.   I bought it with no project in mind and knew it when I brought it home I would put it on the shelf with the rest of my stash.  I did use all 3 yards that I had bought as well as a half yard of white jersey for the lining that was purchased in 2014.  I am pretty pleased that I didn’t let that linger too long and used an even older stash fabric on top of that.

Earlier, I mentioned that this pattern features a full circle skirt.  Do you know what the benefit of a full circle skirt is?  Maximum twirl factor!  After working in the show choir industry making dresses that satisfy this twirling need, I am excited to be able to have it in my everyday dresses.  It is just plain fun!  I am excited to be able to wear this dress this to Gen Con this year and C2E2 next spring.  When I wear my geeky printed dresses to Gen Con I tend to get stopped and asked where I got it.  I think I may need to get some new business cards printed now.

Stay tuned this month for more geeky Star Wars makes for my husband and some Gilmore Girls inspired makes for myself.

**I am an affiliate for Bella Sunshine Designs and do receive a small commission for each pattern purchased through the link in this post.  With that being said , I would not be an affiliate if I did not truly believe in the company behind the pattern.